Wednesday, September 9, 2020
I'm Anarkyvist: Speakers Corner Promo - Citytv - 1997
In early 2011 I felt it was time to start digitizing my VHS collection of over 200 tapes. To YouTube I went and signed up under the improbable and somewhat mysterious name of "Anarkyvist". The project got off to a good start, but after the initial volley, I seemed to lose interest while gaining other convenient distractions. It.'s time to go back to those VHS boxes and the conversion process, but for now I will take a look back here on this blog....
It began from the booth at the northwest corner of Queen and John here in Toronto....
Speakers Corner ran on Citytv stations from 1990 to 2008. What started out as a simple concept allowing people to speak their minds on editorial issues, quickly turned into something bigger and more. For one Canadian dollar coin (the Loonie), one could do their thing for television for a maximum of two minutes. Anything went, even if some segments could not be aired due to some lewd behavior. Some actors and musicians who made appearances: Harrison Ford; Mike Myers; the Barenaked Ladies; and Madonna.
Occasionally I saw the interstitials and watched the half-hour version of Speakers Corner.
Now I see a social document.